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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Find answers to frequently asked questions about Lillian Osborne, registration and course selection, and programming offered at this school. 


Lillian Osborne is at level 3 of the growth control model. This means that we can only accept new resident students from the designated attendance area; however, these students are not necessarily guaranteed a spot to attend. If we have more students requesting to pre-enrol than we can accommodate, then we will implement a lottery process.

Your chances of getting into Lillian Osborne are very high. We will be taking the majority of students who apply. This past school year, 2022/2023, we offered spots to 94% of all students who pre-enrolled. There is no magic formula to get into Lillian Osborne other than you need to pre-enrol by April 14, 2023. Our hope is that we will be able to accept all students who have pre-enrolled to come to Lillian Osborne.

No, you can only select one High School to pre-enrol for next year. Choose the one where you most want to attend. All EPSB High Schools are an excellent choice!

You may be added to the call-back list after you move into Lillian Osborne’s attendance area following pre-enrolment (and prior to Sept 29, 2023), but would not be part of the lottery process if you do not reside in Lillian Osborne’s attendance area prior to pre-enrolment.

Your primary residence is where a student lays their head at night. (ie. If the family owns a rental home in Lillian Osborne's attendance area, but lives/resides outside of Lillian Osborne's attendance area, then they would not be able to register at Lillian Osborne based on where their primary residence is).

We will work with you and your Junior High School to support you in enrolling at Strathcona High School, which is our designated overflow school, or another EPSB school with space.

Students who are accepted into Lillian Osborne will be invited to a Course Selection and IB Information presentation on Saturday, April 22 from 9-11am. We will also be offering school tours that morning.

So please mark your calendars to “Save the Date for April 22 from 9am -11am - Lillian Osborne Course and IB Presentation, and School Tours ”

International Baccalaureate (IB)

There’s no requirement to take “full” IB. One of the advantages of the IB program is choice. Students can pursue the one subject area they’re passionate about or take a full selection of IB classes.

For more information about the International Baccalaureate program, go to our IB information page on our website.

While there are differences in the origins, philosophies, assessments, and curriculums of IB and AP, there are many similarities in the enrichment experiences and opportunities students have, regardless of whether they are in an IB or AP program. Both programs offer academically rigorous curriculums that encourage students to work with challenging material at an accelerated pace, go into more depth, and develop the skills and habits that will be assets as they complete high school and move to post-secondary studies.

IB and AP are recognized at post-secondary institutions throughout the world. One is not better or more beneficial than the other.

Our best advice is to choose a school, and if an honours program is something you’re interested in, register for the program offered by the school of your choice.

Each April, students make choices about their courses for the upcoming year. Students in an IB class are not obligated to continue in the IB stream. We encourage students to make informed choices and plan a program that best meets their needs.

Typically, students do not find that their marks are lower in IB classes. Evaluation in each class is based on the Alberta Program of Studies. An external IB exam is written at the end of each course sequence, typically in grade 12, and this grade does not factor into the final mark for a course. You would get a separate IB class grade alongside your Alberta Curriculum grade.

IB classes often move at a faster pace (as they have to cover more material than just the Alberta Curriculum), and students may need to work more independently and prepare more outside of class. Developing these workload and time management skills in high school is tremendously helpful for post-secondary studies.

To be successful in IB, the recommended mark from your grade 9 classes is 80% or “A”.

Specialized Courses

No, we do not offer any online classes.

Math 15 Transitions is a bridging course to help prepare students for Math 10C. Key concepts from junior high and Math 10C, are reviewed so that students are better prepared for success in Math 10C. Typically students with a mark between 50% and 60% or a grade of C in grade 9 math are recommended to take this class to strengthen their math skills and foundation. Students with marks below 50% in grade 9 math should take Math 10-3.

Math 15 (transitions) course is being offered in summer school and during the regular school year at Lillian Osborne.

Lillian Osborne offers PE 10 and CALM as a combined class. If you register for PE 10 at Lillian Osborne, you will also be registered for CALM at the same time.

If you are planning to take PE 10 in summer school, please also register for CALM in summer school (or take both during the school year).

Student Services

Student Services is your one-stop shop any time you need some support. We offer counselling in three different areas:

  • Academic Success: Study strategies, managing stress, exam accommodations, picking the right classes for you, learning English, and finding a tutor are all examples of the support we can provide for you.
  • Post-Secondary / Career Counselling: What do you want to do after high school? We can help you explore career paths, learn about the world of work, and navigate the post-secondary admissions process. We also love to help you find scholarships and can coach you through what makes an impressive application.
  • Personal Counselling: This includes support for anything that might be going on in your life inside or outside of school, like difficulties with relationships, worry or anxiety, or feeling depressed. You are not alone in dealing with these things! We can even facilitate cultural support so that you can speak with someone who understands your unique situation.